The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith
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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)|
“As the father of four teens, I found this a fun, informative, and spiritually edifying resource. Alongside telling us where weapons came from, young readers (and older ones) learn how to spend daily time with the Lord. It’s not just about fun facts; it is a spark for discovery of God, his world, and our place in it.”
- Michael Horton, Professor, Westminster Seminary California; author of Core Christianity; host of the White Horse Inn broadcast
“I was only a dozen pages into this book before I found myself thinking, 'I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid' and 'I've got to get this book for my kids!' Highly recommended!"
- Timothy Paul Jones, C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I don’t know how he does it, but in The Radical Book for Kids Champ Thornton seems to have mastered the art of communicating with kids, without talking down to them. Lots of topics are immensely important, like God’s attributes and our salvation; others just fun. I wish I had this book during my own childrearing years—and when I myself was a teenager.”
- John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary; author of History of Western Philosophy
“The Radical Book for Kids is like an encyclopedia of Truth. Thornton has done something magical here. He’s taken every aspect of the Christian faith, the Word we love, and the character of God and made it accessible to children. It’s everything you’d hope to know and teach in one place, even including stories of historical figures. I’m thankful my kids are still young, so I can use this book to teach them about the roots of our faith. The Radical Book for Kids is radical indeed—radically helpful, radically good.”
- Trillia Newbell, Author of Enjoy (forthcoming, 2017), Fear and Faith, and United
“My wife and I only wish that this book had been available for our children and our grandchildren. It’s difficult in a few words to express my appreciation for the attractive and absorbing way it engages the young readers it has in view by highlighting Scripture’s pervasive focus on Christ and by showing the importance of the gospel and its implications for their lives. I commend it most highly.”
- Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Champ gives children and their parents a gift in this book that is fun, practical, and theologically rich. It is a necessary explorer’s guide to the Bible, theology, biblical and church history, and life for boys and girls. It’s a tool for children to learn about God, His Word, His world, and themselves.”
- Justin S. Holcomb, Seminary professor; minister; author of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
“The Radical Book for Kids is like packaging that awesome Sunday school teacher you remember in a book. You know, she was the amazing mom who made learning about God a ton of fun but did it with gospel truth that transformed lives. Every family should have a copy of The Radical Book for Kids on their bookshelf—better yet, put it out like a plate of cookies on the coffee table and watch your kids devour it. The most exciting part of all will be seeing your children grow in their passion for God and his Word.”
- Marty Machowski, Family pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for families
“I do not as a habit read books for children, at least I haven’t for several years now. However, I found Champ Thornton’s The Radical Book for Kids to live up to its name. It is unlike anything I remember reading to my children. The scope and content are indeed radically different than the normal storytelling style of so many others. Champ is able to communicate important and sometimes complicated matters in simple and attention-grabbing ways. I would be happy if my graduate students would come to me with the foundational knowledge of some of the issues addressed.”
-Michael Barrett, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean Professor of Old Testament, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“The Radical Book for Kids is one book that every family should have in their library. I cannot wait to read it with my children and learn more from it myself. Champ Thornton masterfully weaves together theology, biography, biblical truths, practical application, and interesting activities all in a book that is visual appealing and easy to read. I recommend this book for youth, parents, and new believers of all ages—it is a treasure trove of biblical insight and understanding.”
- Melissa Kruger, Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church PCA; author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood
“Intriguing + edifying = the kind of book I want my kids reading. This is one of them.”
- Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“As I paged through this book, I kept finding assorted facts and tips that never manage to make it into my Sunday school lessons or family devotions—but should! This is a wonder-filled book for kids to explore. They will learn, have fun, and be challenged to grow deeper in faith.”
- Jack Klumpenhower, Author of Show Them Jesus; coauthor of The Gospel-Centered Parent and What’s Up?
“I have three daughters and I’m always on the lookout for solid books. Champ Thornton’s Radical Book fits the bill. It was an instant hit with my kids! It’s got great design, rich theology, and is written in language that kids get. It’s a book you should have in your home.”
- Mathew B. Sims, Writer and Freelance Editor; author of A Household Gospel
“Superheroes, beasts, enemies, a (not so) secret mission, the greatest love story! This book will shape for youth a big-God worldview and nurture Christ-exalting living. It’s filled with fascinating nuggets, memorable bites, rich theology, clear wisdom, and fun ideas. The pictures and topics are varied and engaging and will both draw your child into God’s world and Word and propel him or her toward maturity, responsibility, and godliness.”
- Jason S. DeRouchie, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“Champ Thornton’s book shows families how to grow a root system in the Christian faith. It offers a broad base of rich content in meal-sized portions readily accessible to families. The content ranges from an introduction to Scripture, to biblical theology, to historical theology. The elephant jokes and knot tying lessons are a nice bonus. I am putting this on a short list of books I recommend that all our church families own.”
- Chris Brauns, Pastor; author of Unpacking Forgiveness
“The Radical Book for Kids is a book that every Christian child should own. Full of great insights, fun facts, and great activities, it is the perfect companion to help children unpack the Bible and their faith at a deeper level. We need to encourage our children to develop a love for the Bible that will help them to stand for the Lord in every area of their lives through the years. The Radical Book for Kids will help them to do just that!”
- Olly Goldenberg, CHILDREN CAN, www.childrencan.co.uk
“Champ Thornton's The Radical Book for Kids is a wonderful presentation of core Christian truth and practice that stands out in both style and substance. I can immediately see many possible uses for this book, but I particularly commend it to parents as a fun way to talk about the faith with their kids. There is a feel of randomness in the selections of the topics, but I think that adds to the attractiveness of the book. Highly recommended.”
- Stephen Smallman, Author of The Walk-Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus
“The Radical Book for Kids is deceptively fun! While preteens are utterly enjoying themselves with the creative games, hands-on projects, laugh-out-loud jokes, and cool stories, Champ Thornton is radically discipling them with a crash course on Bible study methods, hermeneutics, church history, biblical theology, and Christian life and ethics. This is the kind of book that stealthily helps parents, pastors, and teachers make young followers for Jesus Christ.”
- Matthew C. Mitchell, Pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church; author of Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue; father of four
“In The Radical Book for Kids, Champ Thornton brilliantly combines words, drawing vivid pictures in one’s mind to simplify key spiritual truths. Every parent, grandparent, and spiritual influencer of kids will want a copy for themselves due to the depth, insight, and comprehensive knowledge provided all in one convenient book. Kids will totally relate to the cultural relevance, fun facts, historical heroes, clever illustrations, and hands-on applications provided throughout.”
- Darcy Stelzer, KidzLife Ministry Director, New Life Church, Gahanna, Ohio
“I am always looking for that creative spark that creates conversation and simulates the desire to understand the Bible better. It is critical for this age group to achieve that. I’m convinced that this book will provide an amazing conversation to help young people to go deeper in their faith. It will create vibrant faith with the centrality of scripture, generate an interest in theology and could build a great foundation for disciples in the future and living out Christian faith as a teenager. I strongly endorse this book, I think it is well written, informative, engaging and will result hopefully in changed lives.”
- Roy Crowne, Executive Director, HOPE
About the Book
The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls ages 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.
This power-packed book is “radical” in more ways than you might think! It is “radical” in the sense of the original meaning of the word, “going to the root or origin.” The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. But it’s also “radical” in the more modern sense of being revolutionary. Kids read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him - displaying radical faith - even when everything seemed against them.
But The Radical Book for Kids is also “radical” - meaning fun or cool - in the eyes of a child. Kids read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that’s 3,000 years old - and more.
Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.
About the Author
Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of God’s Love: A Bible Storybook, and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.
- A vibrantly-illustrated, kid-friendly introduction to the roots of Christian faith, including biblical history, theology, fun facts, and encouragements to faithful living for boys and girls 8 and up.
- Chock-full of charts, illustrations, and design elements that quickly communicate important truths to readers and non-readers alike.
- Mixes fun pieces (“How to Make a Slingshot”) with practical advice (“How to Clean Your Room”) and theological sections (“Names of God”) to help kids grasp the Bible’s relevance for all of daily life.
- Immediately engages older kids, preteens, and young teens with core biblical truths while serving as a springboard to further learning and growth.
Sonora MamaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My 10 Year Old Loves ItNovember 19, 2016Sonora MamaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My thoughts, and those of my 10-year old daughter, are that this book is engaging to young minds curious to learn more about God's love, the Bible, what life was like in Biblical times, and how to apply Biblical principles to modern life. I think this book would be best targeted to 8-12 year old kids. The pages are colorful and full of images that help bring the learning to life. Chapters include: How to Understand the Bible, Great News! (or what it means to be a Christian), What To Do When You Are Afraid, friendship (how to be a friend AND choosing friends wisely), Eat This Book (or how to read the Bible), and How To Clean Your Room (Thank you, Mr. Thornton!), among many others.
My daughter is looking forward to participating in some of the activities such as playing an ancient game of Dogs and Jackals, making a model catapult, learning the Greek alphabet, and making pottery. I like the sound scriptural teaching, and that my child has been carrying the book upstairs and downstairs so she can read it whenever she has some free time. I can't think of a better testimonial than that!
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great book for kids and adults!November 18, 2016Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Radical Book for Kids" is a colorful, jam-packed, hardcover book that children will love paging through and picking out various things to read about. This is a collection of readings and facts that children will want to delve into and learn about. So many topics are covered including Passover, Martin Luther, star of wonder, just to name a few. My daughter sat down with this book and flipped through a few pages and then became excited over a few of the pictures and began reading page after page. The did you know sections were her favorite as she loved to share the facts with the rest of the family and would read aloud little tidbits. This would make a great coffee table book as children and adults alike will enjoy paging through this.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5A book for all agesNovember 18, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What can I say about this book that will do it justice? First off the book itself is gorgeous and the pictures do not really show that. It is a good sized book that would look nice on a coffee or end table and the colors pop and are pleasing to the eyes. My kids were drawn to this book from the moment I received it. I actually left it out as one by one each flipped through it and excitedly came and told me about what they had just read. Just for reference, my kids are ages 18 through 6.
This book is set up with lots of illustrations and pictures that make the words really stand out. There is a lot of information and tidbits of truth about history, science, missionaries, great authors, etc. From a section of how to clean your room to how and why the books of the Bible are arranged and then a couple of pages on the stars that God calls by name in the Bible, is just some of the information this book offers. And it never offers anything in a boring or usual textbook manner.
Thoughtful, insightful, and engaging, this book is great for the whole family and would make a starting point for meaningful family discussions. This will stay on my coffee table for years to come.
I received a copy of this book for free from Litfuse. I was not required to leave a favorable review and all views expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The starting point of many happy hours of funNovember 12, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fun, facts and engaging graphics make this a winner of a read. Beautiful hard copy edition with stunning illustrations that will appeal to any age -- even adults. And it's chock-full of interesting tidbits and a diverse combination of topics that will keep young readers returning to its pages again and again. I love the way the author has meshed high-interest, kid-friendly topics with solid biblical history. There are stories and biographies to read, questions to ponder and crafts to make. The starting point for many happy hours of fun.
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and New Growth Press for providing me with a copy of this book.
Stacey5 Stars Out Of 5A Hand-On Exploration of Biblical Topics for Kids (and Adults)November 9, 2016StaceyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First, I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to Champ Thornton and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Radical Book for Kids" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
'The Radical Book for Kids' by Champ Thornton is an amazing book with a huge mix of topics and activities for kids (and adults shhh)! Learn how to understand the Bible, make a sling, memorize, pray, make pottery and a sundial. Learn the Greek alphabet and what to do when youre afraid or angry. This incredible book gives a little bit of knowledge about a lot of subjects enough to whet your appetite to go and learn more.
'The Radical Book for Kids' can help you develop the daily habit of Bible reading. There are chapters on weapons in Bible times, Christian Symbols, money in the Bible, the names of God and so much more. This book will bring hours of enjoyment and education to kids and families and create a strong foundation in Biblical knowledge, history, culture and principles.
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